1964 / Ford


YEAR: 1964
MAKE: Ford

  • Concours rotisserie restoration
  • New 427/535 HP Ford Motorsports create engine
  • Automatic transmission with overdrive
  • Currie Positraction rear end
  • Power steering and brakes
  • Highly detailed undercarriage and engine bay

  • Ceramic-coated headers with dual exhaust
  • Rare bucket seats and console
  • Sold new in Colorado at Western Slope Ford
  • Believed to be 30,880 miles
  • Photos of restoration
  • $70,000 in receipts


When this 1964 Galaxie 500XL was built, Ford’s global “Total Performance” program was already under way, assaulting just about every sanctioned racing event under the sun. While there was a pesky new upstart across town—the Pontiac GTO—it was still a full-size world, and the Galaxie 500XL was among the most stylish of the popularly priced vehicles available from Detroit. First introduced in 1962, the hallmark of the Galaxie 500XL was its luxurious bucket seats with “leather-like vinyl trim” and console—all standard. Standard power wasn’t up to the same standard, but a pair of 427s (paired with the hardtop’s semi-fastback roofline) allowed anyone to get his or her inner Fred Lorenzen on. Sold new at Western Slope Ford in Grand Junction, Colorado, this white and tan 30,880-mile Galaxie 500XL serves as a fine canvas for several tasteful upgrades for the modern world. Most notable is the Ford Motorsports 427/535 HP V-8 engine, which breathes freely thanks to ceramic-coated headers leading to dual exhaust. While Ford wouldn’t build a 427 with power steering or power brakes, this Galaxie 500XL has both; likewise, the 427 was not available with an automatic, but this vehicle has it with the added benefit of overdrive for effortless highway cruising. All that power is transferred to a Currie Enterprises rear with limited-slip. As the Galaxie 500XL was the most stylish of big Fords, there is a lot of fancy brightwork and chrome, so Sherm’s Custom Plating was tapped to handle prettying up this Blue Oval. The shiny details also go under the skin, as the engine and undercarriage are detailed to an equally high standard. Classic American Racing Torq Thrust mags finish the picture, completing this Ford’s dual personality—one that maintains the charms of the past while bringing the ease of modern operation to the forefront.